THE ROSSONERI are now just 1 point away from the Scudetto, after another win – against Bologna at the San Siro. In a game which could have yielded a few more goals than it did, Mathieu Flamini’s goal proved to be the decisive which means Milan need just a single point to take the Serie A title!
Still without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic (as well as Mark van Bommel with a 1 game ban), Milan were once again forced to play Robinho and Cassano in attack. The energetic Boateng played just behind them, whilst Mathieu Flamini, Massimo Ambrosini and Clarence Seedorf made up the midfield trio. In defence, the same backline of Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva and Gianluca Zambrotta started – with Christian Abbiati once again in goal.
The game started off at a decent pace – and Massimiliano Allegri’s recent tactic of setting the team off with a bang paid off within 10 minutes again!
With just 8 minutes on the clock, Mathieu Flamini opened the scoring, following a superb through ball by Robinho, the Frenchman took a brilliant first touch to ake him around Portanova and 1 on 1 with the ‘keeper! Viviano did well to deny him, but Flamini had the momentum to carry him on to the lose bacll and he rammed it in to the back of the empty net for 1-0! A great goal!
Just past the quarter of an hour mark, and Milan should have doubled their lead! Antonio Cassano was clean through, 1 on 1 with Viviano, everybody was surprised the flag stayed down, but Cassano didn’t play to the whislte and hesitated as a result! This meant that Viviano had enough time to save, before Portanova could clear the ball away from the line! A great chance!
Milan’s next oppertunity to double the lead came just 10 minutes later – following a ferocious hard ball struck across goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho almost managed to convert, however, Portanova was there again to clear the ball away!
The Rossoneri continued to dominate, whilst Bologna hadn’t even created a single oppertunity, despite Marco Di Vaio’s recently good form. With 36 minutes on the clock, Antonio Cassano played a brilliant ball across the field for Robinho. Robinho brought it down well and played another brilliant ball back in to the box, where Kevin-Prince Boateng was found totally free! But the Ghanian could only head the ball over the bar – though he should have done better.
On the stroke of half time, Boateng stole the ball from Portanova, and set off a Milan counter attack. Robinho takes the ball and plays in Flamini who’s in! The frenchman had his chance to double his tally and add to Milan’s lead, but again, Viviano did well to deny him! The half ended with Milan unfortunate not to be ahead by more than 1, meanwhile, Bologna had barely created a single oppertunity!
The second half continued in much the same fashion, with the home side making all the moves and dominating totally. Robinho had a golden oppertunity to double Milan’s lead just a quarter of an hour in to the second half, after Cassano played him clean through! but he delayed taking a shot too long, and ended up putting it wide when really, he should have scored.
Bologna first threatened with around 20 minutes to go, but even then it was just a half chance, as the defence seemingly fell asleep and Di Vaio was almost in – thankfully, Ignazio Abate thought quickly and did well to clear!
10 minutes from time and Andrea Pirlo was brought on for Kevin-Prince Boateng.
A minute later, and Bologna were reduced to 10 men! Della Rocca was the man sent off, and it was a straight red on Alessandro Nesta – a late tackle indeed. In truth, the decision was a bit harsh, but in all fairness it didn’t make any real difference to the way the game was going.
Giacomo Beretta was brought on for his Milan debut with only 5 minutes to go, coming in for Cassano.
With a moment left on the clock, Berretta managed to stumble through a few Bologna bodies, and he was 1 on 1 with Emiliano Viviano! The youngster was unlucky not to get a goal on his debut, but his effort was a fairly poor one and went straight in to Viviano’s gloves.
In literally the last minute of the game, Milan could have scored again! Beretta was in space on the right, and Robinho was free, but the youngster slipped! The ball just about reaches Robinho anyway, unfortunately the Brazilian had a fairly poor touch, and Mutarelli managed to put it out for a corner. Shortly after came the sound which filled Milan fans everywhere with joy – the final whistle!
In the end, Milan finally succeded in getting 5 straight wins for the first time this season (after coming short before) and now all it will take is a point from the last 3 games – with a fit and fired up Ibrahimovic to return, along with a rested Pato and a Roma side in poor form, Milan could seal it next week!
Best Moment: Flamini’s goal
Man of the Match: Flamini for scoring the decisive goal (Thiago Silva was excellent)